The crux of the east route is getting from "road" end up to Coney lake. It's a steep hill side and while the brush is generally not too bad (no devil's club, not a lot of downfalls), you are going "against the grain," so there is a lot of resistance. I did hit continuous snow at 4300, which made for much easier going. I think the east route would be best in mid spring, with stable snow down to the 3200 foot level. Much easier breaking bush coming down. 5 hours up, 3.75 and easy going on the way down.
We felt that this is kind of a junky route, but the peak itself was nice once you get up high. Trip report
In case you've missed the news, you can now drive to the base of Mount Lennox on the west side. NF-5730 is so drivable we ran into a confused family in an Astro van at the "trailhead".
If I had to describe the climb from this starting point in two words they would be "relentless brush". Vine maple, devils club, salmonberry, and huckleberry will all conspire against you to make sure you have a bad day. And they don't abate with elevation; it's bad right up to the boulder fields at 5,000 feet. The good news is at least it will be a short day; we round tripped in 6 hours.
Scrambled over from Bare Mountain - straightforward.
Tough snowshoe but summit was very rewarding. Trip report should be coming soon. A good warm up for higher peaks later this year.
Late start but caught up with group near Coney Lake. Long day snowshoeing. Beautiful views and weather.
The route from the east (West Fork Miller River mining road-trail, Coney CreekConey Lake ridges) was completely covered in snowpack and made the ascent fairly straightforward. Dave, Derrick, me, Fletcher, Michael, Joanna, Holly and Paloma all had a great time, with some spectacular views and decent snow conditions. It was a grind, and very steep, but well worth it.
6h30m from car to summit. 5h0m from summit to car. With all the various bumps we went over, the route was over 5000' of cumulative elevation gain. What a great day!
Hiked with Edward E.. West Fork road is brushy but easy to follow footpath. Coney Creek spur is not hard to follow once you find it. Lots of steep brush and a few clifflets on the way up to Coney Lake. We had snow from 4800 ft on. Great weather with unlimitted views. WA P2k 70/144
Did this with ericnoel. Unbelievable amount of snow still in those mountains. The only views were sketchy and toward the east and SE due to clouds pouring over the the ridge and then partially dissapating.
One lame road and a bit of brush eventually led to some nice snow and a pretty upper basin and then the summit.
Money Creek Rd was plowed to within 0.5 mi of Goat Creek. Started early and was able to summit although snow was very soft and slides were starting to come down just after I'd reached the summit. I hurried down and back to the car. There was evidence of a huge avalanche in the bottom of the valley that had happened probably a week or more before. The whole route up to Goat Basin and just above seems to be pretty prone to slides. I would recommend waiting until the snow firms up.
Our main objective was actually Coney Lake. We followed, (or I should say, eventually found an old fishermans trail), to Paradise lakes, and then headed cross country to Coney lake. The next day after spending the night at the lake we summited Lennox. We never did have to go through any gated logging roads, but it took six pages to copy all the route on road from North Bend. The summit registar consisted of a film canister left by the Everett Mountaineers